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Jardin Botánico del Quindío – Armenia, Colombia

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Jardin Botánico del Quindío

(57) 67427254
(57) 310 404 5223
Avenida Centenario 15-190, Kilómetro 3 Vía al Valle
Calarcá Quindío, Colombia

www.jardinbotanicoquindio.org

OPEN HOURS:
10:00am – 5:00pm
(above photo © Johana Arias)

The Botanical Gardens in Quindio, Colombia is small and special.  The entire space covers 15 hectares (36 acres) of which only 3 hectares (7.2 Acres) are open for  public visits. This is a lovely theme in Colombian parks.  Their main goal is to conserve, such that a large portion of parkland is set aside and not available for public access.

Walking the winding paths through the forests one can identify (with the help of the cheery, knowlegable guides) many species of palm trees.  Colombia has the second largerst diversity of palms in the world with 235 known varieties.  At the garden in Quindio, you can enjoy 150 of these species spread though the forest.

Another Botanical attraction is the wide assortment of ferns, giving the park its Jurassic feel.  Ferns are the most ancient of plants on earth; so old that they predate seeds, and reproduce with spores.  They are everywhere at the botanical garden from smaller ground dwellers to the arboreal, tree-like, ferns.  The Heliconias or birds of paradise, is another species demonstrating its wide variation, with 71 species are on display.

The main selling point of the garden is the Mariposario – or butterfly house.  This net structure is built in the shape of a butterfly and is home to an array of surprisingly friendly butterflies.  If you go slow and gentle, you can easily have one of the large Owl butterflies as your ride-along companion.

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

What makes this particular garden wonderful is its mix of accessibility and wildness.  The paths are clear, but minimal, outlined with Guadua taken from the fallen stalks that decorate the forest.  The local Guadua – a species of bamboo native to the region and the strongest in the world – has its complete life cycle on full display.  With visible specimens ranging from young sprouts  to full adulthood.  Interestingly, The Guadua achieves its full high within the first 6 months of its life and can vary between 5 – 30 meters in height and a diameter  between 2 -22 cm.  As the  the guadua reaches towards its full height, it sheds its a paper-like skin along the way.  As they age, the stalks slant over and decompose creating a geometric pattern throughout the forest. The guadua also performs an amazing water purifying process.  Each morning it absorbs water from its surroundings and then releases it purified and perfect that at dusk!

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Other interesting spots adorn the park, such as the small, camouflaged bird-watching cabin; with simple seating and one-way glass, overlooking a beautiful garden where fresh fruits attract the colorful local birds.  There is also a fun suspension bridge over a deep gully, a mini-maze and one of the region’s popular lookout towers.

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

 Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia


Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

    Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

 Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

 Jardin Botanico Quindio, Colombia

 

 

 

 

Royal Botanic Garden – Edinburgh, UK

(above photo © Barney Chappelhall)

Royal Botanic Garden

(44) 0131 552 7171
Inverleith Row
Arboretum Place
Edinburgh , EH3 5LR,
United Kingdom

www.rbge.org.uk

OPEN HOURS:
10:00am – 4:00pm  November to January
10:00am – 5:00pm  February
10:00am – 6:00pm  March to September
10:00am – 5:00pm  October
* Glasshouses close one hour earlier to garden closing time.

 

(above photo ©  Calotype46)

Two places recommended to visit in any area of the world are food Markets & the botanical gardens.  Interesting and culture specific, these locations offer windows into the locals hearts.

The Royal Botanic Garden at Edinburgh is a splendid example as it contains over 70 acres of garden arrangements, with a variety of differently themed areas and many wondrous displays and installations.. The famed Rock Garden, Chinese Hillside and the adjacent Fettes Collage are some if the very unique go-to places if you are in the area.  With spring coming soon, what a great chance to see first hand the rebirth of life.  We packed a picnic from Marks & Spencer and had a wonderful trip to the gardens!  Even if you live nearby,  find a good reason to go.  How about taking your Mother for mother’s day!

Be sure to visit the attached Benmore Botanic Garden, which provides a an entirely new range of unique settings and impressive plant life. It is a mountainside garden, most noted for its Sierra Redwood Avenue, a sort of grand entryway of towering redwoods. These trees are native only to California, and are some of the largest, most imposing, and longest living trees known to man, so their presence in this “Avenue” truly makes this garden a unique and impressive attraction.

(above photo ©  Calotype46)
(above photo © Joaquín Ossorio)
Carp 2(above photo Carp ©  Stephen Buchan )
(above photo © Emusing Emma)
Edinburgh Botanic Garden (above photo ©  Marco Tardiola )
(above photo © Roger Butterfield)
Fettes College sculpture(above photo Fettes College ©  Stephen Buchan )

(above photo © Alistair Robinson )
Equisetum myriochaetum (Equisitaceae) (above photo Equisetum Myriochaetum (Equisitaceae) ©  Stephen Buchan )
Queen Mother's Pavilion
(above photo Queen Mother’s Pavilion ©
Chris Malcolm)

J. Paul Getty Museum – Los Angeles

The Getty Center

J. Paul Getty Museum

(1) 310 – 440-7330
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049-1687

www.getty.edu

OPEN HOURS:
10:00 am –  5:30 pm   Tuesday – Friday
10:00 am –  9:00 pm    Saturday
10:00 am –  5:30 pm    Sunday

At the J. Paul Getty Museum lives a fine collection of European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, European and American photographs aside rotating special exhibits.  However, they all take a bit of a backseat to the wonderful Platinum LEED certified, modernist complex that highlights both nature and culture.  Designed by Natural light architect Richard Meier, the “Getty” is a as much a park as it is museum.  A haven in the sprawling expanse that is Los Angeles.

Admission to the Getty Center and to all exhibitions is FREE.  This is such a wonderful  opportunity for people young and old to connect to art, architecture and nature.  The building and grounds are such a stunning park, we enjoyed our time outside as much as inside.

The adventure begins as you descend into the underground bond-like parking structure- spiraling down level after level. Then you ascend via tram to the high overlook, floating your gaze over the city- breathing air fresh blown from the sea.  Meandering the inviting pathways, there are scattered bins with sun-umbrellas to protect against the strong sun.

One wanders in and out of the relaxed buildings; never feeling hurried or watched.  The staff is helpful and polite.  Photo taking is encouraged (no flash please) and the experience is one of wholeness. The collection is not about volume, but about experience.  The complimentary colored galleries fill with natural light to create a bond between viewer and art; a bond that I didn’t know I was missing until I found it at the Getty Museum.

The Getty Center

The Getty CenterLawrence Alma Tadema: Spring
The Getty Center
Venus Reclining on a Sea Monster with Cupid and a Putto by John Deare

The Getty Center

 The Getty Center

The Getty Center

The Getty Center

The Getty Center

The Getty Center

The Getty Center

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